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December 1, 1993


Dr. D. Kay Clawson will write a book and will continue to advise both Democrats and Republicans trying to reform the nation's health care system after he steps down from the Kansas University Medical Center.

Dr. D. Kay Clawson, executive vice chancellor of the Kansas University Medical Center for the past decade, has decide to retire Feb. 1, 1994.

Over the past decade, Clawson oversaw expansion of the Kansas City, Kan., teaching and research hospital while becoming increasingly prominent in the national debate over health care reform.

In the past year, the 66-year-old orthopedic surgeon has advised the Clinton administration on formulation of its health care legislation.

Clawson, a 1952 graduate of Harvard Medical School, was dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky from 1975 to 1983, when he was named head of the Kansas University Medical Center.

"I believe very strongly that senior administrators should not stay in the same position for long periods of time," Clawson said.

In fact, he hoped to retire three years ago. But Clawson said KU Chancellor Gene Budig urged him to stay on.

"Dr. Clawson has done much to advance the academic cause of the medical center," Budig said in a prepared statement that accompanied Tuesday's announcement of Clawson's retirement. "Our schools of medicine, nursing and allied health all enjoy strong national reputations."

During Clawson's decade at KU, the medical center educated 28,000 health care professionals. Faculty grew from 682 to 801 and the medical center's operating budget grew from $139 million to $281 million. Its nonfaculty employment grew by 600, to about 4,900.

Also during that time Clawson oversaw several major additions to the center, including construction of a Research Support Facility, a parking facility, a fitness center and a biomedical research building.

Clawson served as chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges in 1988 and 1989.

The university does not yet have a schedule to select a new director of the medical center, said KUMC spokesman Randy Attwood.

When Clawson retires in February he will be replaced on a temporary basis by Dr. Charles E. Andrews, former chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Clawson said he will continue to advise first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on health care reform, but he has no plans to take any permanent job within the Clinton administration.

"I'm also going to continue working with the Republican leadership," Clawson said. "I have no doubt that I will stay very busy." Clawson is also writing a book about management philosophy.

He will move to his farm in Lexington, Ky., but will maintain an office at KU and will serve there as a consultant.

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